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International digital conference on dialogue of the religions

Wed/Thu, 20/21 October 2021


Religions play a major role in social conflicts all over the world – as fire accelerants, but also as peacemakers. Nonetheless, while many conflicts are ostensibly religiously motivated, they are often an expression of deeper-seated crises and conflicts – over land, for example, or power, influence and money. Interfaith dialogue can help overcome these conflicts.

With this in mind, missio, the International Catholic Mission Society in Aachen, Germany, is conducting a two-day international digital conference on ‘Interfaith Dialogue’. The topic will be considered from a variety of viewpoints; stakeholders in interfaith dialogue will have an opportunity to speak and to offer insights into specific examples of international projects to promote dialogue of the religions.

Der Emir von Kanam, Muhammadu Muazu Muhammadu II, und Erzbischof Ignatius Kaigama. Foto: Hartmut Schwarzbach / missio
Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama visits the Emir of Kanam, Muhammadu Muazu Muhammadu II

Following the successful ‘peace conference’ in 2020 », the ‘dialogue conference’ is the second international digital missio event of this kind. The conference, which will be held online, is geared towards interested parties in the fields of peace work, international development work, conflict research, and intercultural and interfaith dialogue.


For registration see our german page.

Foto: Hartmut Schwarzbach / missio
Conference and meeting of the Women’s Nasrul-Lahi-IL-Fathi society of Nigeria

Dialogue between religions is not a sign of weakness, it finds its raison d'être in God's dialogue with humanity. Our religious traditions are a necessary source of inspiration to foster a culture of encounter. It is fundamental for there to be interreligious cooperation, based on the promotion of sincere and respectful dialogue that goes towards unity without confusion, maintaining identities.

Pope Francis on the Abu Dhabi document “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” at a meeting organized in Rome by an Argentinian group under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, November 2019

The program

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. | Technical and organisational information    *

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Opening and welcome    *

  • Father Dirk Bingener, President missio Aachen
  • Archbishop Ludwig Schick, former Chairman of the Commission for international affairs of the German Bishops’ Conference

Block 1: Would the world be more peaceful without religion?

9.15 – 10.30 a.m. | Panel discussion    *


  • Professor Adrien Sawadogo, University of Nairobi
  • Dr. Markus A. Weingardt, Weltethos Foundation
  • Karen Hinrichs, Peace Institute, University of Freiburg
  • Markus Grübel MdB, representative of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Civilian Crisis Prevention of the German government
  • Chair: Andreas Zumach, journalist and UN correspondent taz

11:00 – 12:30 a.m. | Keynote remarks    *

  • Prof Norbert Frieters-Reermann (KathO Aachen) and Dr Marco Moerschbacher (missio Aachen) on the concept of “Do no harm”, religion and violence and the importance of dialogue
  • Dr Matthias Vogt (German Association of the Holy Land)
  • Father Gideon Pwakim (priest of the archdiocese of Jos, Nigeria)
  • Margarethe Roßkopf (missio Aachen)
  • Conversation with the keynote speakers

Block 2: Dialogue of Life (Padlet    )

2:00 – 3.00 p.m. | Keynote remarks    *

  • Gabriele Erpenbeck und Dr. Hamideh Mohagheghi (Central Committee of German Catholics, ZdK): On the statement of the ZdK Christian-Muslim dialogue group
  • Bischof Stephen Mamza (diocese of Yola, Nigeria)
  • Father Dr. Sebastian M. Michael SVD: Challenges and Opportunities in Inter-Religious Dialogue from Indian Perspective

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Workshops

6:30 - 7:30 pm | Culture and spiritual experience    


Thursday, 21 October 2021

Block 3: Dialogue in Celebration (Padlet    )

9:00 – 10.30 a.m | Keynote remarks    *

  • Dr. Muhammadu Sambo Haruna (Emir of Wase, Nigeria) and archbishop Dr. Ignatius Kaigama (diocese of Abuja, Nigeria)
  • Stephanie Krauch (Abrahamic Forum, Darmstadt)
  • Father Dr. Rodriguo Naortangar SJ, Politicially motivated fear of people of different faith (Republic of Chad)
  • Rabbi Lea Mühlstein (JCM conference, London)

11:00 – 12:30 a.m | Workshops

Block 4: Dialogue of Faith (Padlet    )

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Keynote remarks    

  • Fr Sebastian Painadath SJ, India: Interfaith Ashram
  • Prof Dr Nayla Tabbara und Rev Prof Dr Fadi Daou (Libanon): Divine hospitality: Christian and Muslim theologies in dialogue.
  • Dr Hamideh Mohagheghi: House of Religions in Hannover, Germany

3:30 – 5:00 pm | Workshops

5:00 – 5:15 p.m. | Evaluation of the conference    

5:15 – 5:30 p.m. | Conclusion of the conference    


We reserve the right to make changes to the program.


* Translation: English/German, German/English

Das deutsche Programm

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technical support

Kooperationspartner der missio-Dialogkonferenz 2021